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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,517 ratings  ·  232 reviews
One viral photo.
Four expelled teens.
Everyone's a suspect.

Theo Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted a revealing photo that got him expelled. No final grade. No future. No fair.

Theo's resigned to a life of misery working at the local mini-mart when a miracle happens: Sasha Ellis speaks to him. Sasha Ellis knows his name. She was also expelled f
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Published October 23rd 2017 by jimmy patterson
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Pam Bahrt While this book is aimed at teens or young adults I, as an adult, enjoyed it myself. I wouldn't want kids to be reading it.
Elena Sotelo-McCrary I would easily recommend it for the 13-year old students +. It may have some graphic language and situations, but I have had to handle both on a daily…moreI would easily recommend it for the 13-year old students +. It may have some graphic language and situations, but I have had to handle both on a daily basis in a public school.(less)

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Kate Olson
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2018
Last year I read my first ever James Patterson novel - Crazy House. It was an interesting read with a great concept and I hold out hope there will be a sequel because it definitely lent itself to one. So when I spotted another Patterson book on my local library’s website, I requested it,mostly because Expelled sounded a lot like One Of Us Is Lying, one of my favourite reads last year and I was intrigued to see how Patterson pulled it off.

To be completely honest, Expelled is your run of the mill
Paula  Phillips
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it

Remember when I was saying how the new theme in teen books seems to be The Breakfast Club with a mystery twist. Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is another book on that theme. In the case of Expelled though, they are at the Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 but instead of going straight to detention they have been expelled. Will Foster had a secret twitter account where he exposed the school student's secrets - he was his school's version of Gossip Girl. Except when a photo is pos
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book has fallen in my esteem since I finished it. I probably would have rated it at like a 2 or 3 a week ago, but as I think about it and talk about it more and continue to try to think through the story... I just like it less and less as I find myself truly identifying my problems with it. It's not the book it's marketed as - that's the main thing I want the people reading this review to know. It plays itself as this "teamwork, group dynamic, high school mystery" and it really isn't. The m ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was the ending revelation really necessary? I think not. That was way too big of an issue to throw out at the very end of the book. It made absolutely no sense to me and really killed the ending. Overall, a good young adult book, until the end. Very poor decision making on that one.

It was obvious that something was going on with Sasha and that we would eventually find out, but of all the things that could be the problem, that is what they picked??? It had nothing at all to do with what the rest
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. It is really directed toward YA but it kept me interested and reading. I've actually been enjoying more of James Patterson's YA novels lately than his adult books.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, arc
Quick read- if it was any longer it would have felt like it was dragging on because there was very little plot. VERY LITTLE. Most of the story was just setup and then in the last couple of pages there was a small reveal to resolve the story.

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I'll give this book four stars if only because of Theo and Jude - a terrific narrator and a terrific Stiles, and even better, a Stiles they actually, on the page, write as openly bi rather than leaving it ambiguous and up to our headcanons. Sasha deserves mention too, because she's a very complicated character, much more so than I tend to expect Patterson to deliver. Though maybe that's his cowriter Emily Raymond's hand at work. Overall, this story is a longer one than it should be, and a little ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another quick little Breakfast Club "who dunnit". Enjoyable and a fast read.
Vicky Who Reads
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I picked this out because my mom likes James Patterson's books, but it was not an enjoyable mystery to me. (Maybe his adult books are better, who knows?)

I'm not a big mystery reader because I'm very picky about what I like in the genre. And this cemented that mediocre mystery read that I expect out of most mystery novels (except for the classics).

The plot was mediocre, unsuspenseful, and predictable, and I could easily identify the plot structure. There wasn't that feeling of suspense a
Emily Banks
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
No. No. Protagonist was dull and not developed. Lots of big subject matter (suicide! abuse!) that was handled incredibly irresponsibly. This book made me so mad.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

It's books like this that make me glad I'm not in high school anymore! I didn't even go to high school that long ago, but we didn't have all these social media issues like the ones in Expelled. A crude photo of some students is posted on Theo's (it says the MC's name is Will in the blurb, but in my ARC, it's Theo) Twitter account, and because of the school's zero tolerance policy, Theo and the identified students in the picture
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
First of all, no matter what you may think of James Patterson, there's absolutely something to be said for a book you can read 200 pages of in an hour and not feel like it was utter fluff. That's really cathartic.

The actual book suffers a bit from cover copy that could either be considered a spoiler or plain misleading, as well as taking too long to get to the meaty bits of the story. Patterson and his co-author are trying to cover some very heavy material in the subplots, and while it isn't po
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theo Foster had the worst birthday ever. He was expelled after a very revealing photo of the school's star quarterback (Parker Harris - who is also expelled) is posted on Theo's secret Twitter account. The photo also includes the school mascot urinating on a jersey. Although they do not know who is under the head of the mascot, they assume that it is Jude, Theo's best friend. Sasha Ellis is also expelled after she is accused of stealing the money from the school's snack machines. Who would frame ...more
Rich Hackford
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Expelled is centered around a mystery and it has an unrelated twist at the end. I predicted both of them after reading the first five chapters. This must mean:

A. I'm a super sleuth.
B. James Patterson was trying to develop the protagonist as one who overlooks the obvious clues around him because he is too focused on himself.
C. This story and its characters are not very original.

Unfortunately, I'm leaning toward the latter. Somehow(!) this is the first book I've read by James Patterson, and if thi
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first James Patterson book, surprisingly enough. I didn't really like the story, because I didn't feel like there was much to it. It's not really as big a mystery as it's made out to be, and really, it's just Theo asking questions and realizing what was in front of him all along. Then the last part with Sasha...I just didn't hink it was handled well or written well, honestly.

Kind of mediocre, which surprised me because I'd always heard James Patterson was pretty good. Three stars.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Je viens juste de finir ce livre (Chacun ses raisons en VF) et franchement c’est une déception pour moi. Je me suis ennuyée et j’ai eu beaucoup de mal avec les personnages et le style des auteurs. La fin est un peu plus émouvante alors ça remonte le tour, mais même la pseudo révélation m’a laissée de marbre. Bref, un roman qui n’a pas su me convaincre ...
Martha Schwalbe
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is about four high school students who try to get reinstated in school after they're expelled. It's a fun story but not particularly remarkable.
I would recommend it to students who like reading about teen life.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wasn’t a huge fan. There was a lot of language in it for a YA book and I hated the end of it. The end problem came out of nowhere and literally had nothing to do with the rest of the book. I expected more from a big name author.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This explores several issues and raises several good points. Older teen recommended
Gracie Pazdernik
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There NEEDS to be a sequel to this. I definitely recommend it.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2017
3.5 stars
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
LOVED IT! Definitely not your typical JP. I took a star away because i felt that the ending was too abrupt.
Theo is expelled for posting a party pic online. The only problem, Theo didn't really post the photo. He involves some other students that were expelled at the same time to help him find out who was behind the photo.

A not-so-great updated version of The Breakfast Club. A group of teens get expelled from school, but some aren't exactly guilty of the charges. A quick YA read that is part contemporary and part mystery. Theo is mostly self-centered, but in the way that is normal for teenagers. Some
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I expected more from a James Patterson book. He should stick to his crime thrillers. This was awful and the subject matter at the end is beyond offensive. What kind of sick person even thinks to put that idea in the minds of teen readers. Dad's everywhere should be offended! Gross.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't the story I thought it would be and I never got over the disappointment.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. This is John Green without the heart. Patterson creates a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but does he think by pointing it out halfway through that it's meta and therefore ok?

I find Theo's mother's reaction to his expulsion and the entire education process completely unbelievable. The kids are expelled with no hard evidence? His mother doesn't seem to care that he is expelled, and the AP is so mustache-twirly that it's hard to understand why the hell he's in education in the first pl
Teresa in Ohio
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Three students are expelled for different reasons. One knows for sure he is innocent but as for others it is more murky. Theo sets out to prove he didnt post the picture on his twitter account that got the star football player in trouble. This book shows teenagers navigating life and it consquences from choices that made. It read younger than high school though
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